Restful Growth

Recently, when reading the classic book, Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster, I was deeply challenged by what he said. The following are his words about taking time to create a or go to a retreat to study Holy Scriptures. “Some of my most profitable experiences of study have come through structuring a private…

Redeem The Day

Driving to the church office today I was listening on the radio to all of the updates on the Manchester Terrorist Attack and the radio host said something that caught my attention. He said, to redeem the day. Afterwards he talked about supporting prison fellowship and angel tree ministries that serve youth, the same age…

Party With The Angels!

This Sunday my church family is so excited to receive 5 of our youth as confirmed parishioners in our church family! They and their families have committed a lot of time to their growth in the Christian faith. Confirmation in our church body, of the many good purposes it serves, like education, maturity and rite…

Home Is Where…

  That is a plaque I have sitting in my living room window at home.  But I know, some of you would not agree with that statement. So hear are some you might like. Home is where: the cat is the horse is the wine is the coffee is. I liked this one in particular,…

Bring Your Troubled Hearts

Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 That is a hard one. There are a lot of reasons for our hearts to be troubled, too many to count. From fears and worries, stress, illness and physical pain, money problems and cares about the future. Our…

Everyone Needs To K.I.S.S. More!

I always like to try and keep the KISS principle working in my life. The one that says Keep It Simple. I find, especially when I get busier, the more simple I have to keep everything else in my life, down to the basics. Any church family can benefit from Keeping it Simple as well….

Is Easter A Hiccup?

Pope Francis tweeted a few days ago some thoughts on Easter and the Resurrection, (yes, the Pope uses twitter and often!) “Let us meditate with wonder and gratitude on the great mystery of the Lord’s Resurrection.” “Since Christ is resurrected, we can look with new eyes and a new heart at every event of our…

Blessed to be a Blessing

We are in that time in our church year calendar, right after Easter, when the reality of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is just starting to hit the disciples and it’s implications are sinking in. Soon, they will be brought before councils and judges for the sake of the Risen Jesus, they will have to…

For Fear Of?

There is an interesting phrase in the Bible, it is, “for fear of.” For fear of the jews, for fear of the jewish authorities, for fear of others. From Jesus at the Feast of booths in John 7 when people wouldn’t talk about Jesus openly out of fear. To Nicodemus seeing Jesus at night in…

What is Jesus worth to you?

What is knowing Jesus Christ worth to you? But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in…

Would Jesus Choose That?

Sometimes church families get so busy doing churchy kind of stuff that we often forgot what this is all about. That is Jesus. Jesus is the reason for a church family to be together, for us to meet and spend time together, for us to listen to His words, meditate on them and receive his…